Imagine Boston, including its coast, hemmed in by a relentlessly hostile superior power ready to attack it anytime from air, land and sea. Boston is about a third of the Gaza Strip in land area, but the same in population density.
Japanese researchers of fauna and flora are becoming more like their U.S. counterparts inasmuch as they talk about the environment, ecology and biodiversity to disguise their anthropocentric expediency.
Today only a few art aficionados will recognize the name Kyohei Inukai, a New York society portrait artist who married or loved several American women during a period of rising racial prejudice against the Japanese.
An 89-year-old Korean in Pennsylvania calls the latest spats between Japan and South Korea "infantile and lamentable." She remembers her Japanese teachers as loving people who "poured their heart and soul into making good human beings out of us."
When I was a boy, my father told me and my kid brother stories from the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and taught us how to sing some of the threnodies that Gen. Maresuke Nogi composed in classical Chinese on the battlefield. My father was born ...
Japan is still a country where its conservative leaders can't survive without showing glimpses of nationalism even as they advocate international cooperation. No way is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nationalistic in the "traditional" mold.